In a favourable draw for the bigger clubs, a majority have managed to avoid each other in the quarter finals. Take nothing away from Juventus, the current Serie A run away leaders, and of course Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain riding their new wealth, but one could be forgiven for assuming the German and Spanish teams are the ones to watch.
All four of the remaining Spanish & German sides managed avoid each other, with a team from each country on either side of the draw laying the way for potentially mouth watering semi-finals.
One can only assume Borussia Dortmund’s patchy showing in the Bundesliga this season is due to their determination to bring home the Champions League trophy. Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich, a traditional European powerhouse, have been one of the most consistent performers in the competition over the last four seasons.
Real Madrid got lucky against Manchester United being outplayed for a majority of the tie, but all of the top managers will tell you that you need luck to win this completion. Barcelona dismantled Ac Milan at home in their 2nd leg but have struggled away from home against sides with far less talent. If the Spanish contingent can get some more consistency over two legs, there is no reason it can be an all Spanish final for the first time.
1st leg matches – 5.45am (EDST) Wednesday & Thursday April 3rd & 4th
2nd leg matches – 4.45am (EST) Wednesday & Thursday April 9th & 10th
Malaga CF v Borussia Dortmund
Real Madrid CF v Galatasary AS
Paris Saint-Germain FC v FC Barcelona
FC Bayern Munich v Juventus